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Seeming or professed; ostensible.

[Late Latin ostēnsīvus, from Latin ostēnsus, past participle of ostendere, to show; see ostensible.]

os·ten′sive·ly adv.


1. (Logic) obviously or manifestly demonstrative
2. a less common word for ostensible
3. (Philosophy) philosophy (of a definition) given by demonstrative means, esp by pointing
[C17: from Late Latin ostentīvus, from Latin ostendere to show; see ostensible]
osˈtensively adv


(ɒˈstɛn sɪv)

1. clearly or manifestly demonstrative.
os•ten′sive•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.ostensive - manifestly demonstrative
instructive, informative - serving to instruct or enlighten or inform
2.ostensive - represented or appearing as such; pretended; "His ostensible purpose was charity, his real goal popularity"
counterfeit, imitative - not genuine; imitating something superior; "counterfeit emotion"; "counterfeit money"; "counterfeit works of art"; "a counterfeit prince"


Appearing as such but not necessarily so:


[ɒˈstensɪv] ADJostensivo


a. ostensivo-a, evidente, aparente.
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By turns optical and literal, the visual ostensiveness of Begum's (categorically indeterminate) wall pieces is perforce equivocal, and this is perhaps inevitable, given the historical distance that separates her practice from a cultural moment when the opposition between the Minimalist doxa of literalness per se and "pure" visual illusionism seemed as stark and unnegotiable as it did more than 45 years ago.
If for Edmundson poetry accomplishes this through its strong antidisciplinary character, and for Steiner through its quality of being virtual, for Fry it accomplishes such through the fact of its ostensiveness. Ostension, argues Fry, is "that indicative gesture toward reality which precedes and underlies the construction of meaning.